Amity Circle Tree Ranch in Tucson, AZ

Overall Rating

(3.7 of 5)
Treatment Effectiveness
Accommodations & Amenities
Meals & Nutrition
10500 E Tanque Verde Rd
Tucson AZ 85749

Amity Circle Tree Ranch Philosophy

Our philosophy is based on the belief that life is an apprenticeship to the truth. Around every circle of truth, a larger circle can grow. The extent to which this circle expands depends upon the force of truth which the individual manifests. Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of our minds. We must press on, for nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.

Areas of Specialization

  • Treating Trauma and Recovery at Amity Circle Tree Ranch
    At Circle Tree Ranch we understand that often chemical dependency and other addictive or self-destructive behaviors are related to overwhelming experiences of exposure to abusive power, physical and sexual abuse, disabling losses and disrupted attachment, usually beginning in childhood.

  • Recovery and Native American Traditions at Circle Tree Ranch
    Native American traditions have symbolically been a part of the Circle Tree Ranch culture, ceremony and curriculum for over two decades. Amity’s Circle Tree Ranch residential alcohol and drug rehabilitation center has provided extremely successful addiction treatment options for Native Americans in Arizona and throughout the Southwest for twenty years.

Facility Highlights

Family Groups

Parents w/ Children Treatment

Meet the Staff

Naya Arbiter


Photo of Naya Arbiter

Ms. Naya Arbiter is the principal of Extensions, LLC, a private consulting group, which she founded. Ms. Arbiter has, in the past two years, been in twenty-two states consulting and providing training to state agencies and to professionals in human services. Simultaneously, she has continued her ground-breaking work in developing specialized curriculum for populations who have been ignored or underserved. Ms. Arbiter was one of 125 national experts on drug abuse selected by President Regan in 1987 to serve as a conferee to the White House Conference for a Drug-Free America. She played a key role in the development of the conference recommendations on drug abuse treatment for the President and Congress. Ms. Arbiter has presented on adolescent drug use, prevention, and treatment; cultural competence and has published articles on substance abuse in the Journal of Adolescent Research, American Jails, and the International Journal of Addictions, as well as contributing several chapters to books on these topics. 360 Guide

Review by Contributors


Set in Tucson’s Tanque Verde Valley, Amity Circle Tree Ranch specializes in treating adults struggling with substance abuse, process addictions, and co-occurring disorders. Programming is residential in nature and aims to help clients heal core trauma, identify strengths, improve self-esteem, learn life skills, and address the underlying issues that contribute to their addiction. Detox services are not offered on-site, but the center will assist clients in finding a local facility for appropriate care. Additionally, culturally appropriate programming for Native Americans is available.


Circle Tree Ranch takes a holistic approach to recovery, emphasizing community service, emotional intelligence, and authentic relationships. Therapeutic groups and workshops focus on topics such as moral growth, conscience development, personal responsibility, and family dynamics, as well as coping skills, relapse prevention, and 12-step recovery methods. Clients are assigned weekly jobs (e.g. meal preparation, dining room maintenance, and administrative office assistance) to promote responsibility and community involvement. Family members of clients are encouraged to participate in a variety of specialized activities, including workshops, retreats, picnics, and group therapy sessions.

The facility provides treatment at two levels of intensity. Thresholds of Change, a 90-day program, is tailored to highly motivated clients. Individuals enrolled in this level of care focus on personal growth and developing an awareness of how their substance abuse affects others. Proof of Life, a more in-depth, seven-month track, is intended for those who have experienced relapse, as well as younger participants who require more education and guidance. Proof of Life includes multiple intensive workshops and family programming, and clients who are parents may bring young children with them to the ranch while they undergo treatment.


There is currently no information provided by the facility regarding its treatment staff.


The treatment center is located on a 50-acre ranch that previously served as both a guest ranch and a boarding school. Clients reside in semi-private quarters that they are responsible for maintaining. The facility includes an on-site fitness center, walking trails, volleyball and basketball courts, a swimming pool, music rooms, and an authentic Native American sweat lodge. Smoking is not permitted on-site.


At the time of this writing, has received feedback for this facility from six former clients, five of which awarded 4.8 out of five stars for treatment effectiveness.

Alum C.T. gave high ratings and wrote: "Amity Circle Tree Ranch has helped me understand my addictions and myself more then anyone or anything else ever." H.H. added, "this is a place that takes the emotionally and physical safety of women so seriously . Allowing me and so many women to feel safe enough to face some scary issues and wounds that often just get overlooked because they make people uncomfortable or its just too scary."

Several respondents also highlighted the quality of the staff, noting that they "care" and are "professional."

There are nearly 50 ratings across a handful of secondary review sites as well, most of which were positive. On Yelp to date, there were 12 ratings that averaged 4.25 out of five stars. [1] In a representative comment, Jesse wrote: "I am so thankful that I enrolled here. I have been to other rehabilitation centers, programs, treatment centers, and etc. but; this place is by far the best."

The six Google users who submitted reviews at the time of this writing provided a slightly higher average rating of 4.5 out of five stars.[2] Reviewers who provided commentary highlighted the “dedicated” staff and the depth of the center’s multi-phase programming. “Because this place is not a quick-fix 12 step solution, more time has to be spent working on one's self to achieve lasting healing and sobriety.” Jay wrote.

Additional ratings appeared on the facility's Facebook page to date, 18 of which averaged five out of five stars, and commentary was similar to that of Yelp and Google reviewers.[3]

More critical feedback was given on Citehealth at the time of this writing where nine ratings averaged 3.22 out of five stars. [4] Giving one star, an anonymous reviewer wrote: "The place is dirty, staff is dirty, there is sex, drugs, alcohol being brought on campus. I don't trust the staff! Be careful before choosing this program," and another added: "Worst treatment center ever. Awful philosophies, untrained staff. Not 12-step based. Intimidation and fear rule."


To date, two loved ones polled by gave polarizing opinions of the facility. An anonymous loved one found the center and its programming to be helpful. They submitted a four-star rating for the center’s treatment effectiveness and wrote: “Makes livimg worth while … helped out when needed,” they told They did, however, note that the center needed “more space.”

On the other hand, Ann awarded just one out of five stars for treatment effectiveness and said, "Not a rehab center, more of a work camp... Food inadequate - my son was hungry most of the time.. This was a rip-off."


The cost for the 90-day program is $25,000, and the seven-month program is priced at $35,000. A monthly fee of $1,200 is charged for every child staying with their parent on campus. The facility has private-pay options and will provide itemized lists to individuals planning to file an insurance claim for reimbursement. Some residents of the State of Arizona may have funding provided by local or state agencies. All fees and a medical deposit (for doctor’s appointments and prescriptions) are due upon admission.


Published on December 2017

User Reviews

Review this Center

Please note: Anyone attempting to manipulate or spam our system or the providers’ own listing pages risks having all content removed.

  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
If there were any justice in the world, this terrible place would have been shut down a long time ago. Do not send your loved ones there and do not go there yourself.

  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
Amity Circle Tree Ranch has helped me understand my addictions and myself more then anyone or anything else ever. I came to the center broken, damaged beyond belief and with no hope. I shared, I listened, I worked, I gave, I nurtured and I received in return-- I gained hope, I received a real chance at a real life again. I recommend this center to those who wish to change in a positive way and make a difference while doing the work for yourself. Nothing is easy in this world, but with support you too can do it.

  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
Amity Circle tree ranch was a life-changing experience . I was addicted to heroin on and off for about 25 years .I had been in a few other rehabs . But I found amity to be an educational experience for how to create and enjoy the life that I truly wanted . Not just get off drugs . That has happened , because the life i truly wanted didn't have space for drug addiction , but the focus was on what I could create for my future , not just what i had to give up . I also felt that i learned inclusiveness and how to connect with other people on a level , that if more people were exposed to the amity curriculum , the amount of racism and lack of understanding between different groups of people , would be greatly reduced ... and along with that drug addiction . And finally , this is a place that takes the emotionally and physical safety of women so seriously . Allowing me and so many women to feel safe enough to face some scary issues and wounds that often just get overlooked because they make people uncomfortable or its just too scary . The fact that women feel safe in this community means that everyone in the community is safe .... and that makes doing personal healing and growth possible . I cant say enough about Amity . It can change your life

  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
After 20 years of addiction I chose to Amity help me turn my life around. I admit at times it was tough I stuck it out because ultimately I allowed my life to put me exactly where I needed to be. I made it work for me by listening to some experienced people. I found trust. Amity provides a unique approach to treating addiction. Life skills, art, music, exercise, work, counseling and honoring different cultures are incorporated into your program, and these are just to name a few. Most addicts leave a path of destruction and blame others. Stopping these behaviors are not easy and one of Amity's main focuses is based on trust and living with Integrity. While I was part of Amity I knew what I wanted to get out of it and I was able to achieve my sobriety. No place or person is perfect but you get out of life what you put in. I took the best and became the best that I could be. I learned to stop blaming and as a result my actions have helped others along the way. I love and will always honor Amity and it will ALWAYS be a part of my life.

  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
Not a rehab center, more of a work camp... Food inadequate - my son was hungry most of the time.. This was a rip-off

  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
staff cares, safe and clean sooner you seek help the better results

  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
makes livimg worth while needs more space helped out when needed

  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
Coming from someone who has seen quite a few treatment centers, Amity is hands down the place to go if you want to clean up.

  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
The atmosphere is awesome and they are very professional.

Featured Facilities in this Region

Photo of Sabino Recovery
Sabino Recovery
  • Somatic Experiencing
  • Acupuncture, Massage, Yoga
  • Art and Movement Therapy
Learn More
Photo of Recovery In Motion
Recovery In Motion
  • Family Group Facilitation Experts
  • Insurance Accepted
  • Free 30 days of treatment if a relapse occurs after graduating 90 day program
Learn More

Official Facility Response collects thousands of User Reviews weekly to collect the most up-to-date information possible on treatment facilities across the country. The opinions shared in User Reviews are expressly those of the user, and do not reflect the thoughts, beliefs, or opinions of Per our policies, we do not remove User Reviews at the request of a facility.

Treatment facilities can and are encouraged to respond directly to any User Review, positive or negative. In fact, visitors are more likely to favorably consider a facility that actively responds to criticism (and praise!) to one that doesn’t.

Please leave your Facility Response below using a verified facility-specific email address. A representative from will vet your response within two business days to ensure it meets our standards for public posting. retains the right to contact anyone who leaves a review via our website to confirm authenticity.

As always, thank you for your feedback, and for your willingness to work with us as we move forward in developing the most comprehensive and trusted rehab reviews and listings platform.

For more details, please read about our Reviews Process.